Port­land Mus­lims thank­ful for sup­port

New Straits Times - - World -

PORT­LAND (Ore­gon): Mus­lims here thanked the com­mu­nity for its sup­port and said they were rais­ing money for the fam­i­lies of two men who were killed when they came to the de­fence of two young women — one wear­ing a hi­jab — who were tar­geted by an anti-Mus­lim rant.

“I am very thank­ful as a Mus­lim, I am very thank­ful as a Port­lander... that we stand to­gether here as one,” Muham­mad A. Na­jieb, an imam at the Mus­lim Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, said on Satur­day.

The two young women “could have been the vic­tims, but three he­roes jumped in and sup­ported them”, he said.

A fundrais­ing page launched by his group for the fam­i­lies of the dead men, a sur­viv­ing vic­tim and the two young women had raised US$50,000 (RM220,000) in its first hours, Muham­mad said.

Po­lice said they would ex­am­ine what ap­peared to be the ex­trem­ist ideas of sus­pect Jeremy Joseph Chris­tian, 35, who is ac­cused of killing the two men on Fri­day.

Chris­tian’s so­cial me­dia post­ings in­di­cate an affin­ity for Nazis and po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence. The at­tack oc­curred on a light-rail train on the first day of Ra­madan.

Chris­tian was be­ing held on sus­pi­cion of ag­gra­vated mur­der, at­tempted mur­der, in­tim­i­da­tion and be­ing a felon in pos­ses­sion of a weapon. He was ar­rested a short time af­ter the at­tack when he was con­fronted by other men.

One of the vic­tims of the hate speech is send­ing her thanks to those who came to her de­fence, said KPTV.

Desti­nee Mangum, 16, told the sta­tion on Satur­day that she and her 17-year-old friend were rid­ing the train when Chris­tian ap­proached them, yelling what is de­scribed as hate speech.

She said her friend was Mus­lim, but she was not.

“He told us to go back to Saudi Ara­bia, and he told us we shouldn’t be here, to get out of his coun­try,” Mangum said.

“He was just telling us that we weren’t any­thing and that we

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malaysia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.